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RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

Restaurant inspections are conducted by the Niagara County Health Department.

Every establishment that serves food is evaluated at least annually by the department.

Restaurants rated as high-risk, because they serve children or the elderly, or serve foods that require a lot of processing or are prepared hours or days before serving, are inspected at least twice a year.

There is no rating for exemplary restaurants; only violations are noted.

Many restaurants will have one violation or more at one time or another. They are coded by the health department as: Critical items that could lead to food-borne illness, which must be immediately attended to; or as items relating to sanitation, design, maintenance and cleanliness, which must be corrected by the next regular inspection or as soon as an inspector returns.

CAMBRIA
Patterson's Family Restaurant, 4660 Ridge Road. As of July 30 inspection, critical violations: one (chicken soup and beef gravy tested at slightly less than safe temperatures, reheated, corrected at time of inspection). Sanitation, design, maintenance: two (kitchen window screen not tight-fitting, flies present; lights in refrigerator and freezer need shielding). At Aug. 11 reinspection, no violations.

HARTLAND
Nick's Popcorn, 7625 Ridge Road, Gasport. No violations. Inspected July 30.

LEWISTON
Art-El Eatery, Artpark, Fourth Street, Lewiston. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, maintenance: three (food products stored uncovered in coolers; thermometers needed in all coolers; no hot water in sink). Inspected on Aug. 6.

LOCKPORT
A.J.'s Beyers, 4406 Ridge Road. As of July 17 inspection, critical violations: one (hose on center bay of three-bay sink not properly attached, corrected at inspection). Sanitation, design, etc.: four (some food stored uncovered in cooler, corrected at time of inspection; food service worker's hair improperly restrained; food storage shelves are dirty; unnecessary clutter near ovens). As of July 28 reinspection, no violations.

Blind Mellon Lockside Cafe, 2 Pine St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: three (water accumulated in bottom of bar cooler; cracked seat in ladies' room left stall; ice scoop is improperly stored, broken scoop). Inspected July 16.

Cas's Family Restaurant, 5091 Day Road, Town of Lockport. As of July 10 pre-opening inspection, no violations. As of July 13 operational inspection, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, maintenance: two (sewer grinder pump area not cleaned from previous inspection, splatter on floor, wall; sewer line to town main leaking onto ground south of parking lot, repeat problem). As of Aug. 4 reinspection, no leaks or discharge detected.

Niagara County Jail, 5526 Niagara St. Extension. No violations. Inspected July 30.

Sammy's Pizzeria, 5897 S. Transit Road. As of July 30 inspection, critical violations: one (cooler under the counter tested ten degrees higher than safe temperature, food removed). Sanitation, design, etc.: three (no paper towels in men's restroom; thermometers needed for counter cooler and metal cooler; food stored uncovered in cooler under the counter, corrected). As of Aug. 14 reinspection, no violations.

ROYALTON
Fatty's Pizza and Wings, 2-4 State St., Middleport. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (light shield missing on fluorescent bulb over pizza oven; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution between uses). Inspected July 27.

NEWFANE
Calhoon's Pub, 2598 Main St. As of July 21 inspection, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: eight (walk-in cooler light bulb is not shielded; floor in rear kitchen is not easy to clean; fluorescent light bulbs not shielded over food preparation area; walk-in cooler floor is not easy to clean; some food stored uncovered in walk-in cooler; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution between use; walls in bar room are unpainted, rough; kitchen is not regularly cleaned).

As of Aug. 4 reinspection, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (walls in bar room are not painted; walk-in cooler floor and kitchen area floor are not easy to clean, need painting). All other violations corrected.

NORTH TONAWANDA
J.P. Dwyer's Irish Pub, 65 Webster St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: three (no employee handwash sign in men's restroom; floors dirty around edges of stair to basement, outside; exhaust vent housing is greasy). Inspected July 30.

SOMERSET
Cindy's Diner, 7730 W. Somerset Road, Appleton. No violations. Inspected Aug. 5.

WHEATFIELD
Walmore Inn, 2201 Lockport Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (upright freezer door handle is broken). Inspected July 29.

Bo's Pizzeria, 2131 Sawyer Drive. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (no paper towels in restroom, corrected; chicken fingers stored in uncovered container, corrected). Inspected July 30.

The Homestyle Eatery, 2221 Niagara Falls Blvd. As of July 17 pre-opening inspection, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: no violations. Several notes regarding hair restraints, need for shields over lights in food preparation and serving areas. As of Aug. 11 reinspection, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (some floor tiles missing, floor in dishwashing area is in disrepair).

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